Leaping Over the Dragon Gate

World Premiere Xiao Yifan | 2019 | China | 112min | Fiction
Xiao Yifan | Hua Long | Gao Fan | Zhang Haozhe | Sun Xiao | Song Ge | Zhang Mingxi | He Xiwei | Zhang Guowei | Duan Qiong | Zhao Dongfei | Wo Zhiqiang | Li Tao


An extremely decayed body was discovered in a dry well in a wasteland. The police quickly spotted the main suspect and used phone records to arrest the accomplices thinking that the case would be closed in a short time. However, the main suspect vanished. After a long period of strict investigation, the police finally discovered that the main suspect had already been cremated by his victim. In the face of conclusive evidence, the murderer eventually confessed his crime.


Xiao Yifan

Xiao Yifan was born and raised in Shijiazhuang, Hebei. In 2006, he was admitted to the comic-publishing major of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. In college, he worked as an art assistant in the film THE MESSAGE for several months, and stepped into the film industry since then. After several years of wandering in some film/TV crews, he was aware of the lack of relevant professional knowledge, and stopped working for a year to improve his English proficiency. In 2013, he applied to the New York Film Academy for MFA Filmmaking. He graduated in 2015, returned to China and began to work as a director. LEAPING OVER THE DRAGON GATE is his first feature film as a director.

Director's statement

This is a story about hiring killers to murder. But it is not as simple as you’d imagined. The employee, the killer, the victim, the police officer, their roles may suddenly switch. But something is not changed–that they are still ordinary people like us. The story also expresses how people face different desires inside their heart. The desires are like a gate that everyone wants to cross. They believe that they will live a great life after satisfying their desires, but they tend to go the wrong direction, and thus crimes happen.